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Just as we immunize ourselves against chicken pox and other contagious diseases, dogs and cats rely on vaccinations to boost their immunity to common but devastating health risks. Puppies, kittens, and older pets are especially vulnerable to contagious diseases, because their immune systems aren't as strong, so it's important to start your pet's vaccination schedule right away and follow up with a lifetime of booster injections. Learn about the various pet vaccinations we offer at Yarmouth Veterinary Center, and why your pets should maintain a lifelong schedule of core vaccinations.
Thanks to the miracle of modern veterinary medicine, we now have vaccines for dozens of contagious diseases and parasites. However, there are only a few core vaccines that are recommended or required for dogs and cats. Rabies is one of the most common, and is often the only required vaccination for renting or sharing services with other dogs. However, your vet may recommend other, non-core vaccinations if your pet is exposed to outdoor elements or other pets.
We will keep your dog up-to-date with annual rabies vaccinations and tags, meeting doggy day care requirements and preventing you from paying steep city fines. We offer the following core vaccinations for dogs in Yarmouth, Freeport, Portland, and the surrounding area:
Canine parvovirus – This highly contagious viral disease attacks healthy cells in your dog's body, causing life-threatening symptoms such as appetite loss, diarrhea, and dehydration
Rabies – A devastating condition that affects the brain and central nervous system, rabies is preventable even if your dogs come in contact with wildlife
Non-core dog vaccinations include immunizations against Bordetella, leptospira, and other contagious diseases that are more common among pets with certain lifestyles or risk factors.
Core vaccinations for cats include injections to protect against the following:
Feline panleukopenia – This parvovirus, also known as distemper, can kill young cats but is preventable with a core vaccination
Rabies – Cats may receive one-year or three-year rabies vaccinations, but it's important to start kittens' vaccination regimens as early as six weeks to start building their immunity to this fatal, highly contagious disease
Feline calcivirus – An upper respiratory infection that is very common among housecats, we recommend this core vaccination to prevent additional health risks
Your vet may also recommend vaccinations to prevent feline leukemia, feline AIDS, chlamydia, Bordetella, and feline infectious peritonitis.
Vaccinations are your pet's best defense against devastating diseases like rabies, Bordetella, and feline leukemia. Here at Yarmouth Veterinary Center, each veterinarian works hard to provide personalized care that minimizes their patients' future risks and protects the rest of our local animal kingdom. Protect your own pets with regular vaccinations from your Yarmouth vet.
Call (207) 846-6515 to schedule an appointment for your pet or learn more about our personalized vaccination regimens for local dogs and cats. Our veterinarians are eager to help protect your pets.
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